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I UK [treɪl] / US verb
Word forms "trail":
present tense I/you/we/they trail he/she/it trails present participle trailing past tense trailed past participle trailed
1) [intransitive] to move slowly and in a tired or unhappy way, often so that you are a short distance behind other people
trail after/behind/around:

My husband usually trails behind me when I'm shopping.

2) [intransitive/transitive] mainly journalism to be losing in a competition or election

A recent poll shows the Democrats trailing the Republicans.

trail by:

At the end of the round, Garcia trailed by two strokes.

3) [intransitive/transitive] to pull something behind you, or to be pulled behind someone or something

Trailing his coat in the dirt, he turned towards home.

I don't want the dress to trail along the ground.

a) [transitive] to leave marks on a surface or a substance in the air as you go through a place

The dogs came in, trailing mud everywhere.

a jeep trailing clouds of dust

b) [intransitive] if a line of marks or long thin objects trail across a place, they are left there by someone or something
trail across/over/along:

Old cables and wires trailed across the garden.

5) [transitive] to follow someone secretly in order to learn something about them

Detectives trailed Evans for weeks.

6) [intransitive/transitive] if something trails somewhere, it hangs down from something

geraniums trailing from terracotta pots

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [treɪl] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "trail":
singular trail plural trails
1) a path through the countryside, especially one designed for walking for pleasure

The trail led down to the lake.

follow a trail:

We followed a winding trail into the mountains.

a) a series of marks or objects left by someone or something that shows they have been there
trail of:

a trail of blood

leave a trail:

He left a trail of muddy footprints.

follow a trail:

We followed the trail of ribbons he had tied to the trees.

b) a smell or series of marks left by an animal
follow a trail:

Dogs can follow a bear's trail for several miles.

a) damage or harm caused by something bad
trail of:

Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction along the coast.

b) a series of bad or harmful events

a trail of murders/robberies

4) a series of pieces of connected evidence that prove that someone did something wrong or illegal

The trail of missing funds led investigators directly to Wang.

5) mainly journalism a series of activities that you do in order to achieve something
the campaign/championship/winning/comeback trail:

The usual pack of reporters were following Bush on the campaign trail.

hit the trail (= begin to try to achieve something):

Sefton hits the cup trail tomorrow, following today's win.

(hot) on the trail of — very close to finding someone or to discovering something

Detectives are hot on the trail of a serial killer.

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